The arrival of a sunny weekend brings with it a unique sense of joy and excitement. After a long week of work and responsibilities, the opportunity to bask in the warm rays of the sun can be a true gift. Sunny weekends have a remarkable way of revitalising our spirits, providing the perfect opportunity to engage in activities that nourish our bodies and minds.
One of the most significant benefits of sunny weekends is the abundance of vitamin D they offer. Sunlight is a natural source of this essential vitamin, which plays a crucial role in our overall health. Spending time outdoors during sunny days allows our bodies to synthesise vitamin D, aiding in the absorption of calcium and promoting strong bones. So, leave those indoor confines behind and venture out to recharge your vitamin D levels. Any excuse to be in the sunshine hey, throwing a vitamin into the mix makes it even more appealing and essential to do.
It’s no secret that sunlight has a positive impact on our mood. The warmth of the sun and the bright blue sky can instantly lift our spirits, promoting feelings of happiness and contentment. Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, often referred to as the “happy hormone,” which helps regulate our mood and contributes to a sense of well-being. So, make the most of sunny weekends to escape the doldrums and embrace a natural mood booster. Just being outdoors weather regardless boosts my mood, when the sun is out, it’s boosted dramatically. It’s just blissful. The children need a ‘run’ daily much like a dog – they need / crave outdoors time, and are always asking to go to the park and the woods. I love the summer months when the back door is open pretty much presently all day and they are in and out of the garden playing.
Sunny weekends provide the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. Whether it’s a stroll in the park, a hike in the mountains, or a lazy day at the beach, immersing ourselves in natural surroundings can have a profoundly calming and rejuvenating effect. The sights, sounds, and scents of the great outdoors can help reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and enhance our overall sense of tranquility. We’ve not got the opportunity to do any major adventuring this weekend, so a walk in the woods will be the most we manage, but its just so lovely to be outside when its warm and sunny. I still have a tonne of belongings to move before my dad moves house next week – we have ridiculous amounts of things at his house – including an entire playroom full of toys! Not the ideal thing to be doing when the sun is shining. But there is always time for some sun seeking between loads.
I’m also starting to write our summer bucket list full of things to enjoy now the warmer weather is here, so I’ll be sitting in the sunshine adding to it this weekend
Sunny weekends provide us with an opportunity to disconnect from our digital devices and the constant demands of modern life. Stepping away from screens and embracing the outdoors allows us to recharge and reenergise our minds. We all need some down time away from the screens, I say as I type this, I am terrible for grabbing my phone and spending literally hours flicking through social media. Love that the iPhones don’t like the heat and stop working until they have cooled down – makes me sit and relax phone less and switch off. Listening to the birds tweeting and the children playing, yeah maybe not the arguing, just the playing, is much nicer for the soul than crap on social media any day!
What’s your favourite thing to do on a sunny weekend?